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CUPTL Board of Directors

Appointed by University Finance Committee

Mr Howard Jacobs (Chairman)

Howard Jacobs was appointed as Chairman in March 2014. Howard studied Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and practiced as a solicitor for 25 years, specialising in employment and pensions law. Howard has held pension trustee roles with a number of major pension schemes including the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the Woolworths Pension Scheme.

Appointed by University Council

Mr Steve Hutson

Steve Hutson was appointed in October 2015. He joined the University Finance Division in April 2008 as Assistant Director (Financial Operations) with responsibility for the main operational accounting areas including Financial Reporting. Prior to this he worked for News UK (formerly News International) where his last role was as Group Financial Controller.

He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and a Trustee of the News International Pension & Life Assurance Plan for Senior Executives (NIPLAPSE).

Mr Donald Hearn

Donald Hearn was appointed in January 2003 shortly after becoming Bursar of Clare College having chaired the CPS Investments Committee since October 2002. Donald was Finance Director at the Royal Horticultural Society for 15 years. Following his retirement from Clare College in 2013 Donald continues to be actively involved with a number of charities, University Committees and pension schemes.

Mr Anthony Odgers

As the University’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr Odgers has oversight of all the institution’s assets, including Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment, the Cambridge University Endowment Fund and the University’s technology transfer through Cambridge Enterprise. He also plays a leading role in developing new and existing areas of commercial activity, as well as the University’s long term strategic and financial plan. 

Previously, Mr Odgers, who is an alumnus of Gonville & Caius College, spent six years in a senior position in the oversight and management of the UK Government’s corporate and financial holdings and investments, playing a key role in the Government’s position as a shareholder in a number of its assets as well as in its commercial dealings with large companies and investors.

Prior to that, Mr Odgers had a 20-year career in investment banking spanning project finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and corporate restructuring.  This culminated in the role of Global Co-head of the Restructuring Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank – helping the bank’s clients manage the fallout of the financial crisis.

Ms Melanie Downie

Melanie Downie was appointed in May 2020. She joined Cambridge Assessment in 2016 and is currently Head of Reward. Prior to this Melanie worked within the pharmaceutical sector for Merck Sharp & Dohme, also specialising in Compensation and Benefits.

Mr Paul Stokes (Unite)

Paul Stokes is currently employed at the Department of Material Science & Metallurgy as a Mechanical Workshop Technician. Having been previously employed & trained at a number of firms, most of whom no longer exist. Paul joined the University nearly 30 years ago and almost immediately enrolled in the CPS. He is a Trade Union member and having been active in helping fellow Union members. Paul was elected as a Member Nominated Director in January 2002 by the Branch membership.

Mr Geoff Cross (Unison)

Geoff has been a trade union member since 1967 whilst a NHS employee and was a
Project Administrator with NALGO prior and subsequent to the merge which created UNISON.
Geoff Chaired the Cambridge branch of UNISON during the 1990s & 2000s whilst a Cambridge University employee. Geoff was appointed as a Member Nominated Director in December 2003 as positon he continues to hold following his retirement in 2006...

Appointed by Members

Mr Bill Galbraith – appointed by pensioner members

Bill was appointed in 2013. He was employed by Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) from 1993 and retired in 2012. Prior to working at OCR Bill had been General Manager of Johnson Press plc for 23 years. Bill also worked with American Express as an adviser on pensions and investments.

 

CUACPS Investments Committee

Mr Donald Hearn – Chair

Donald has chaired the CPS Investments Committee since October 2002. Donald was Finance Director at the Royal Horticultural Society for 15 years. Following his retirement from Clare College in 2013 Donald continues to be actively involved with a number of charities, University Committees and pension schemes.

Mr Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs was appointed as Chairman of the trustee in March 2014. Howard studied Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and practiced as a solicitor for 25 years, specialising in employment at pensions law. Howard has held pension trustee roles with a number of major pension schemes including the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the Woolworths Pension Scheme.

Mr Steve Hutson

Steve Hutson was appointed in October 2015. He joined the University Finance Division in April 2008 as Assistant Director (Financial Operations) with responsibility for the main operational accounting areas including Financial Reporting. Prior to this he worked for News UK (formerly News International) where his last role was as Group Financial Controller.

He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and a Trustee of the News International Pension & Life Assurance Plan for Senior Executives (NIPLAPSE).

Mrs Natasha Landell-Mills

Natasha joined Sarasin & Partners in 2013, where she oversees the firm's stewardship activities. Specific areas of work include steering the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters into the investment process, managing voting and engagement, and leading outreach on several policy and market-related matters. Natasha manages a team of three stewardship analysts.

In the UK, Natasha has been a vocal advocate of reform for the accounting and audit system to promote long-term stewardship, as well as for action by company boards to confront climate change. She is a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Investor Advisory Group, as well as the Advisory Board for Sir Donal Brydon's review of the effectiveness and purpose of audit. Natasha is also involved with a number of committees promoting action to manage climate risk, convened by the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change. She sits on the Investment Committee for the Cambridge Assistants Contributory Pension Scheme.

Natasha has a background in development economics and responsible investment. Prior to joining Sarasin & Partners, she spent six years as the Senior Analyst leading ESG integration and several areas of policy work at the Universities Superannuation Scheme's investment management arm. Natasha also spent four years in Budapest working with OTP Fund Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Before moving into finance, she spent a number of years working on sustainable development issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America, starting her career as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow, working as the Chief Economist in the Guyana Forestry Commission.

Natasha was awarded the International Corporate Governance Network’s 2019 Stewardship Champion Award, and joined the International Audit and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) Consultative Advisory Group in early 2020.Natasha has a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics from University College London, and is a CFA Charterholder

Mr Norman Cumming

Norman Cumming was appointed in March 2019.  He graduated with a First in Economics from Cambridge and has spent most of his career in investment management, including being Head of Fixed Income at UBS Global Asset Management and subsequently the founder of CR Global LLP.  He has also served as Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at UnLtd, the charity for social entrepreneurs; and continues to serve as a member of the Investment Committee of Clare College, and as a non-executive director of Starcrest Education.

 

 

Ill health committee

Mr Geoff Cross

Geoff has been a trade union member since 1967 whilst a NHS employee and was a
Project Administrator with NALGO prior and subsequent to the merge which created UNISON.
Geoff Chaired the Cambridge branch of UNISON during the 1990s & 2000s whilst a Cambridge University employee.

Mr Bill Galbraith

Bill was employed by Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) from 1993 and retired in 2012. Prior to working at OCR Bill had been General Manager of Johnson Press plc for 23 years. Bill also worked with American Express as an adviser on pensions and investments.

Mr Steve Hutson

Steve Hutson was appointed in October 2015. He joined the University Finance Division in April 2008 as Assistant Director (Financial Operations) with responsibility for the main operational accounting areas including Financial Reporting. Prior to this he worked for News UK (formerly News International) where his last role was as Group Financial Controller.

He is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and a Trustee of the News International Pension & Life Assurance Plan for Senior Executives (NIPLAPSE).